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Free French eBooks and Audio Books

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Read and listen to eBooks written in French.

Project Gutenberg has Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" as both a French eBook and as a French MP3 audio book. Both are available free of charge from the Gutenberg site. Used in conjunction with the Avisoft French eBook reader this makes an excellent combination to help you to learn French!

Read a paragraph (or chapter) of the eBook using the eBook reader to help you translate unfamiliar French words into English, then listen to the audio while following the written text. The audio and text match perfectly so no need to struggle finding your place. Then try listening to the audio on its own and see if you can follow it.

This is an excellent way to make fast progress understanding written and spoken French. The story is also entertaining too, stimulating you to keep up the momentum and desire to read and learn more. You will be able to say you have read a classic novel in the original French!

Use these links to download everything you need:

Around the World in 80 Days eBook in French. Download the version in iso-8859-1 zip file format. After downloading, unzip the file (tdm8010.zip) to extract the eBook. The eBook has the equally uninformative name "tdm8010.txt". You may want to rename it to something more memorable.
Around the World in 80 Days eBook (Text)

Around the World in 80 Days audio-book in French. 37 MP3's to download (one for each chapter) total size 444 MB:
Around the World in 80 Days MP3 AUDIO's

Avisoft French eBook Reader software:
Avisoft French eBook Reader

Complete list of thousands of free French eBooks available from Project Gutenberg, all of which can be read using the Avisoft French eBook Reader:
Project Gutenberg French eBooks

Also available on CD

If you have a slow Internet connection or want to get all the media without the hassle of downloading, you can purchase a CD directly from Avisoft containing:

  • Around the World in 80 Days eBook (text) in French.

  • Around the World in 80 Days eBook (text) in English.
    (Included in case you want to compare your understanding of segments of text to those in an 'official' English translation).

  • Around the World in 80 Days. 37 Audio MP3's in French.

  • A registered copy of the Avisoft French eBook Reader software. (The licence number will be sent separately by email).

  • Bonus: J'Accuse by Émile Zola as e-Text and MP3 Audio.

The CD costs €15 Euros (approximately £13 Pounds Sterling, $20 US dollars depending on the current exchange rate). Purchase is through PayPal and is quick, easy and secure. Buy CD now

Other French Audio Books:

The range of audio books available on Gutenberg is limited. However there are hundreds of other French audio books available to download free of charge on other web sites. Find a book that interests you and download both the audio (talking book) and the eBook (text) you want to read / listen to.

The site Litterature audio.com currently has more than 800 French audio titles with links to the corresponding text based eBooks.

A Google search for the term "livres audio télécharger" brings up more than 6 million matches! There are lots of books to chose from, both classic and contemporary.

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